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Cygnet Appletree supporting the use of Positive Behaviour Strategy Plans

The team at Cygnet Appletree, a 26-bed hospital specialising in high dependency inpatient rehabilitation for women, have been busy devising a training and CPD pathway to support the use of Positive Behaviour Strategy Plans (PBSP) with their service users.

This has resulted in the development of three certificates to support understanding and specific casework in the use of PBSP’s with the “Elementary” level being awarded following some initial in-house training and a workshop led by psychology and following this two further levels – Intermediate and Advanced.

The Intermediate Level is awarded once a member of staff has additionally completed additional self-directed training in Learning Disabilities and Autism, including online training, and additional experience of using a Motivational Questionnaire to help plan a patient’s care using a team approach.

For the final “Advanced” level staff members at Appletree have been required to practise their skills using PBSP and to demonstrate these via a specific in-house project – these have been devised by psychology depending on each member of staff’s specific work area, mostly involving specific casework to complete with their named patient.

Encouragement has been given to be creative with service users having plans on their walls personalised to them and being in the form of “traffic lights” or for one patient shaped like a cat!

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